Friday, July 1, 2011

Law of the Academy #1293

Those who tend to talk the most about how busy they are with their research are the least productive members of your department.

(This is especially the case among those who use their alleged research busy-ness as an excuse to duck out of ordinary departmental responsibilities.)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

So true. I have a colleague who is always talking about how many books he has on the go, how many papers he is working on etc. and so, however much he would like to, he could not possibly attend such and such a meeting or help with such and such admin ... and yet the books never appear, and the papers remain works in progress.
What do these folk do with their time, I wonder? Watch day time soaps??

Anonymous said...

From experience I can offer only one defense:

Co-authors.

wv: gonesse, "Scarlett's gonesse made her the Southern Belle she was."

Anonymous said...

>>What do these folk do with their time, I wonder? Watch day time soaps?? <<

Nah... They run escort services in New Mexico.

Anonymous said...

>What do these folk do with their time, I wonder? Watch day time soaps?? <

>>Nah... They run escort services in New Mexico.<<

That would take serious organization and management skill, so I very much doubt it.

Daytime soaps, on the other hand, provide excellent material for all the Philosophy and... books. So it's very important research.

Anonymous said...

What do these folk do with their time, I wonder?

Read Philosophers Anonymous and comment on threads like this one?

Anonymous said...

Touche 4:49.

wv: helsir, the gendered response to quo vadis?

Anonymous said...

I talk about how many books and articles my colleagues are working on. That way they say kind things about me when I miss a committee meeting.

Anonymous said...

Maybe such colleagues are too busy posting to their blogs.

Anonymous said...

8:46:re:4:49

Done and Doner.

wv: moricit; as in dead citation

Anonymous said...

I would post something longer, but I got a stack of papers to finish writing.

Anonymous said...

And the converse is true, at least in my department: the most consistently (top-level) productive faculty member, with several recent papers as as well as a book, is one of the most open and available, and never complains about his workload.

flytouch 3 said...

This cannot have effect in actual fact, that's what I think.